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Is Getty Realty Corp. (GTY) A Good Stock to Buy?

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It is already common knowledge that individual investors do not usually have the necessary resources and abilities to properly research an investment opportunity. As a result, most investors pick their illusory “winners” by making a superficial analysis and research that leads to poor performance on aggregate. The Standard and Poor’s 500 Index returned 7.6% over the 12-month period ending November 21, while more than 51% of the constituents of the index underperformed the benchmark. Hence, a random stock picking process will most likely lead to disappointment. At the same time, the 30 most favored mid-cap stocks by the best performing hedge funds monitored by Insider Monkey generated a return of 18% over the same time span. Of course, hedge funds do make wrong bets on some occasions and these get disproportionately publicized on financial media, but piggybacking their moves can beat the broader market on average. That’s why we are going to go over recent hedge fund activity in Getty Realty Corp. (NYSE:GTY).

Getty Realty Corp. (NYSE:GTY) shareholders have witnessed an increase in hedge fund sentiment lately. There were 8 hedge funds in our database with GTY holdings at the end of the second quarter, 1 fewer than there were at the end of the third quarter. At the end of this article we will also compare GTY to other stocks including Avianca Holdings SA (ADR) (NYSE:AVH), Briggs & Stratton Corporation (NYSE:BGG), and American Railcar Industries, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARII) to get a better sense of its popularity.

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What have hedge funds been doing with Getty Realty Corp. (NYSE:GTY)?

At the end of the third quarter, a total of 9 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, a 13% uptick from the previous quarter. On the other hand, there were a total of 3 hedge funds with a bullish position in GTY at the beginning of this year, so hedge fund ownership of the stock has tripled in a mere 3 quarters. So, let’s check out which hedge funds were among the top holders of the stock and which hedge funds were making big moves.

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When looking at the institutional investors followed by Insider Monkey, Renaissance Technologies, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, holds the biggest position in Getty Realty Corp. (NYSE:GTY). Renaissance Technologies has a $18.7 million position in the stock. The second largest stake is held by Arrowstreet Capital, led by Peter Rathjens, Bruce Clarke and John Campbell, which holds a $7.8 million position. Some other professional money managers that hold long positions include Michael Price’s MFP Investors, Cliff Asness’ AQR Capital Management, and Louis Navellier’s Navellier & Associates. We should note that MFP Investors is among our list of the 100 best performing hedge funds, which is based on the performance of their 13F long positions in non-micro-cap stocks.

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